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Performing Arts: Celfyddydau Perfformio

Performing Arts Department

The Performing Arts Faculty covers GCSE Drama, Music and Media. The department is very successful and GCSE Drama, Media and Music are being taught this year. The results for GCSE Drama have followed an upward trend and have improved by 48 percentage points over the last three years. The results in 2016 were excellent with 100% of the pupils achieving an A*-C grade and 58% of the pupils had an A-A* grade. There is always a large cohort every year with approximately 60 pupils in KS4 opting to join the Performing Arts Department.

The department consists of highly skilled teachers who have years of experience:

Mrs R. Jenkins

Head of Performing Arts (also an English specialist)

Dr S Golding

Teacher of Music (Assistant Alenco and fluent Welsh speaker)

Mr A Pippen

Teacher of Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Faculty aims to allow all students the opportunity to express themselves and become confident individuals. We strive to create a learning environment where all students feel at ease to create, compose, perform and respond with confidence.

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work consists of the same topics (see below) however; teachers have the opportunity to develop/amend lessons in order to suit the pupils they are teaching. We are aware that not all pupils learn in the same way and lessons are adapted to suit the pupils’ needs.

Music Scheme of Work

Year 7

Unit 1 Music of Africa and Element of Music

Unit 2 Reading and Writing Music

Unit 3 Theme and Variation.

Year 8

Unit 1 The Orchestra and Music of Wales

Unit 2 A Visit to the Vocal World

Unit 3 Jazz and Blues

Year 9

Unit 1 Musical Devices and Forms

Unit 2 Music for the Stage and Screen

Unit 3 Music Evolution

KS4: The department teaches the WJEC GCSE Music course. The specification, resources and dates can be found here: http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/music/music-gcse/

Assessments

For each unit of work pupils are given a level for performing, composing and appraising (listening). A target is also set which will be recorded on a sheet so pupils can refer back to this to ensure they know how to improve.

Drama Scheme of Work

Year 7

Unit 1 Physical Theatre

Unit 2 Haunted School

Unit 3 Evacuees

Unit 4 (additional) Improvisation

Year 8

Unit 1 The Voice

Unit 2 Legend of the Sun God

Unit 3 I Don’t Like Mondays – this unit is differentiated so could be a different topic but will focus on Monologues

Unit 4 (additional) Comedy

Year 9

Unit 1 Stones

Unit 2 Heroin Lies

Unit 3 Romeo and Juliet

Unit 4 (additional) Blood Brothers

KS4: The department teaches the WJEC GCSE Drama course. The specification, resources and dates can be found here: http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/drama/drama-gcse/

The set text we will be reading will be ‘100’ISBN 978-1-85459-737-3

In addition the course and revision details can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/drama/drama_wjec/

General revision: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs

Assessments

For each unit of work pupils are given a level for performing, creating and responding (listening). A target is also set which will be recorded on a sheet so pupils can refer back to this to ensure they know how to improve.

Media Scheme of Work

Media is taught at KS4 and has been offered the last two years. The facilities in the plaza are excellent and this year the school purchased 15 Apple Macs for pupils to use (music will also be using these).

The department teaches WJEC GCSE Media. Course info can be found here: http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/media-studies/

Literacy

A written literacy task is set by the department each term as homework. This will consist of newspaper reports, diary entries, leaflets, poems and scripts. We believe that literacy is really important and these tasks will have a clear focus and guidance will be given.

Oral work is evidenced in every lesson as pupils will always respond on what they thought was good in a performance and will give constructive feedback. Every pupil performs in lessons and works with their friends and new people so their communication skills are developed. All pupils leave the department with the ability to work with others.

Extra Curricular Activities

There are several clubs offered within the department. There is a school choir, school band and drama club. The department showcases this talent every year with an excellent school show which is held at Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall in December. Around 80 pupils take part in the school show and it is always pleasing to see the arts coming together to make this a success.

The school band and choir go to Pontypool Market every Christmas and sing in the community. The pupils last year were invited by the Mayor for refreshments afterwards which was a nice experience.

Peripatetic teachers join the department every week and vocal, woodwind, percussion, guitar, beat boxing and piano lessons are offered. If you would like lessons then please see a member of the department.

Communication

If you require any further information please feel free to email Mrs Jenkins

Staff3046@abersychan.schoolsedu.org.uk

Homework tasks are set here https://www.showmyhomework.co.uk/

Follow us on Twitter @AbersychPerform

 

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